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Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Horse

    Good report Scott on where the Bucs are at this point. We’re all excited to get this season going. Go Bucs!

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      Dman

      Is it just me or does this feel like the late 1990’s when we were starting to come together?

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    Rhonda72

    Great camp preview Scott! Excited to hopefully see Offensive cohesion and lots of nasty, intimidating Defense! Let’s go 2017 Buc Ball!!

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    Iowabucfan

    Training Camp Fab5. In the words of Buc’s season ticket holder, Dick Vitale, “awesome bay-bee!”

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    Buc 1976

    I hope we can avoid injury bug and some young players over achieve.
    This the most anticipated camp in some time. GO BUCS

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    nitey

    Really enjoyed the camp preview Scott, Thanks! I don’t think there were any surprises in all your bullet points, but you did hit on everything that I’ve seen partially said else where. I’m really excited about this season, the vibe is completely different from years past. PR didn’t sell us any false hope from the OTA’s, just reported that the guys were working hard and backing up with on point analysis.

    As always, GO BUCS!

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    johnnybuc1

    Very informative Fab 5…..as usual, Scott. Can’t wait for the season to start.
    We’ll be going over for at least 1 or 2 practices, and every home game.
    Looks like we have so much to look forward to!

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    WinstonMVP

    Thanks Scott! Cant Wait for the Season to start! Glad Camp is back.

    I just don’t see how our Offense & Defense wouldn’t be drastically improved this year over last year . A lot of people say this is a much tougher schedule than last year. I don’t think so. We played Seattle, Dallas, Bronco’s (Super Bowl in 2015), Raiders, Cardinals, Atlanta twice, Saints twice ( No team can take a win for granted) , Carolina twice ( Super Bowl in 2015). The Strength of Schedule is never what it looks like at the end of the year as it is at the beginning of the year. So I think this year schedule is no harder than last year and we should be hugely improved over last year. GO BUCS!!!

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    scubog

    Being a guy who has difficulty just relaxing and doing nothing; I look forward to this time of year when I can go to Bucs practice instead of working around the house doing my usual weekend routine. This year is going to be a little more difficult to attend as many practices as in the past. I have two projects finishing and one starting. Plus we sold our house and are moving into our condo after we finish the renovation. And on top of that, going to Pittsburgh for my 50th high school reunion. August is going to be brutal, but come September, Scubog should have a bit more free time on weekends for football.

    I’m looking forward to practice next weekend and spending some time analyzing the team with my buddy Pinkstob. This is the year he will give his long anticipated assessment of Jameis. There is sure to be great attendance and excitement. I try to ignore the number on the uniform and just make unbiased observations as to who stands out and who struggles.

    Next Saturday as I head off to practice I’ll announce to my wife as I have for the past 40+ years, “See you in February”

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    macabee

    Great Fab 5 Scott. Great primer for what to expect at training camp. Just 6 more days. Most anticipated and anxious to see training camp I can remember! For those attending camp or otherwise just interested, here is a primer on training camp rules taken from NJ.com.

    Every training camp is governed by the rules of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

    *The first day of training camp (Friday for the Bucs) is limited to physical exams, meetings and classroom instruction. Running and conditioning are the only on-field activities permitted.
    *No contact is allowed and no pads can be worn on the second and third days of training camp.
    *After the third day of training camp two-a-days are permitted with the following restrictions:
    -Players may be on the field for a total of no more than four hours per day.
    -Players may participate in no more than one padded practice per day, which shall be no longer than three hours of on-field activities.
    -There must be at least a three-hour break after the first practice.
    -The second practice on the same day may only be for a maximum of the remaining available on-field time and has to be limited to only walk-through instruction (no helmets, full-speed pre-snap and walking pace after the snap).
    -The three-hour limit on padded practices begins as soon as position coaches start to coach players on the field.
    *If a team begins a padded practice but the practice is canceled within 60 minutes of its start due to inclement weather or any other reason beyond the team’s control, the practice won’t count as a padded practice.
    *A padded practice is defined as a practice in which players are required to wear helmets and shoulder pads.
    *Teams are required to film all on-field activities during training camp. A copy of the film needs to be maintained until 30 days after the start of the regular season. The NFLPA can view the film if a player files a complaint alleging a violation of the training camp rules.
    *If a team violates the training camp rules, it is subject to fines.

    A few other rules:

    * The NFL announced a rule change to the training camp cut down process. No more cut down to 75 players, then a final cut down to the 53 roster. Now there will be only one cut down day. Teams will be required to get rosters down from 90 to 53 players no later than 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 3.

    *Teams reimburse players for “reasonable traveling expenses” in getting to camp from their residences. Players who are released during training camp receive reimbursement for their return trips to their residences.
    *Players receive room and board during training camp.
    *Players receive per diem payments beginning on the first day of training camp and ending one week prior to the team’s first regular season game. First-year players receive $1,000 per week during the preseason, while veterans receive $1,800 per week. Players only receive their base salaries over the course of the regular season.

    Enjoy training camp and the practices you attend. Go Bucs!

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    martinii

    As usual excellent SR5 Scott. Ready for training camp with a little more optimism than usual this year. Every year feels like a winner, but this year seems special. As much as I follow football I feel like an idiot when I find myself asking the following question. Does aggressive competitive contact during camp and pre-season games equate to a better football team. I have noted that though they alter the rules every year to try to cut back on injuries, most teams have PUP and IR players by the start of the regular season. These guys for the most part have been playing tackle football since high school. They know what it’s like to hit and be hit.Do they really need the rigors of hard contact. Do you think GMC couldn’t fast forward to game 9, 3rd qtr. and demolish AP for a 10 yrs loss today. You can’t prevent concussions, torn ACL’s hamstring pulls et.al during the season, Why do we think that hard contact practice during the pre-season is going to better prepare our players.Conditioning, endurance drills, underwear football, weights, play and timing practice all help. I’m just concerned about season ending injuries in your opener. I guess to answer my own question, thats how we know who to play.

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    fredster

    Fantastic review! Seems like lot more competition this year I guess because of more depth. That’s a good thing, but can be hard to follow all these competitions and positions. This really helped me get better picture of what’s going on.

    I really am getting excited for season to start if they stay healthy it’s a great mix of talent. Spence and Smith healthy would be very interesting at the DE position.

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    Dman

    Great Fab 5, Scott. For those of us who’ve been around for a while, does this feel like 1997, 1998, 1999? Talking about high caliber players at so many different position is exciting. Can’t wait for training camp. Go Bucs!!!

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    plopes808

    These articles are really getting me hyped for this season! The team is coming together, and seemingly right on schedule. Our Super Bowl opponents from 2002 have blossomed into contenders and we seem to be on the same schedule. Barring any catastrophic injuries, it’s playoffs or bust this year…possibly Super Bowl contention in 2018. I’m VERY excited to see this all play out.

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